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Marben
Marben
  • Address:
    488 Wellington Street West
    Toronto, ON M5V 1E5
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / Entertainment District
  • Cuisine:
    Canadian
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Marben Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marbenrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (416) 979-1990
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Closed
    Tuesday 5- close
    Wednesday 11:30 - close
    Thursday 11:30 - close
    Friday 11:30- close
    Saturday + Sunday 11 - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Rob Bragagnolo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Marben is the perfect venue to host a variety of events from small get togethers with friends to a more private gathering to celebrate any special occasion or business meeting.
    We offer two separate dining rooms, both which are available for private bookings.
    Group menus starting at $40 per person for parties larger than 8.

    Email reservations@marbenrestaurant.com for special event package and more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Portland
  • Public Transit: Closest transit stops are King and Spadina and King and Portland by TTC on either the King or Spadina Streetcars. A late evening taxi stand is immediately east of Marben.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Paid parking is available across the street just to the east at very reasonable rates.
A word from Marben
The cooking at Marben is Modern Canadian, with a strong focus on seasonality and vibrant Mediterranean flavours. 
Chef Rob Bragagnolo utilizes his Italian and Spanish background to create innovative dishes that highlight the bounty of Ontario and Canada. We pride ourselves in using only the highest quality ingredients to craft all of our breads, charcuterie, pasta, sauces, and a la carte dishes, in house.

“The point at which the big & bold classic flavours of old world bodegas, trattorias, osterias, and tabernas intersects the fresh and innovative ideas of modernist-vanguard kitchens, is where I believe real magic happens. If you can balance 
soul-warming comfort and nostalgia with surprise, intrigue and wonder, you’ve hit something very special.” - Chef Rob Bragagnolo

Large Groups Welcome!
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Diner Reviews
  • "The bread appetizer was delicious with the smoked butter and hummus. I enjoyed gnudi and my husband had a fish that was also good (Trout maybe). We went here while vacationing by the recommendation of friends who had been."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The ravioli, beef short rib and starter charcuterie board were delicious. It was really nice that the bar-tender accomodated the request to have margaritas."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We ordered the following dishes to share between 3 guests: scallop + risotto, tequila ceviche cones, octopus salad and charcuterie board. Impeccable dishes, nothing to nitpick about them."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I love Marben. I have never had anything I didn't enjoy here. The chef is brilliant and we our server Chad was great!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great service and an overall great space. I'll be back again and again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My son said it was probably the best burger he has ever eaten and he's eaten more than a few."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "There are few placed in Toronto that have the trifecta. The service, the food and the mood. They kill it on all of them, especially the food. From the burger with ribs inside, to the scallops and risotto and the delicious Nutella creme brûlée. It's just so delicious! The charcuterie plate is incredible, and the decor just makes you feel so welcome but modern. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went to Marben for brunch on Father's Day. ( Our children are now young adults) . Everyone really enjoyed it and the food was excellent. Our Daughter has also been in the evening and would definitely recommend it to friends. Good find."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The portions are much smaller than I've had in the past. Quite expensive for what you get."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Thanks Ashley for the lovely service: you were present without being intrusive, and your friendliness was engaging. The food was fantastic, also. We will definitely come again, and I will recommend Marben to my friends :-]"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Really great food, lots of colour and well constructed dishes. Service was a little on the slow side. Apps arrived before drinks. Good overall experience, would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Took advantage of good weather & dined on the nicely appointed patio for 6pm (biz dinner I arranged). Our pleasant server was attentive as one could be, altho the patio (and her attentions) were full by 6:30pm. Stellar foie gras (app) - superb combo with the cocoa. Octopus main had great flavour but would benefit being grilled a tad less-side of salad greens must be rethought. Note - as it gets busy, other diners give you unfavourable looks if you are not deemed a 'regular'. Be warned-the influx of young children increases exponentially at the approach of 6:30pm. Irked at the fact yet another restaurant NOT splitting bills. Definitely will return for the superb food, but not as a venue for biz clients (clients commented on billing policy)."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Very classy restaurant; fun, comfortable décor; excellent to impress a first date."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great patio good for lunch limited lunch menu and open only a few days a week for lunch but the food is excellent the hamburg and Mellon soup they are famous for. The fries could be better but passable. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Bartender/hostess during happy hour was not very hospitable. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Our only complaint was that our waitress was doing double duty as wait staff and bar tender, which had a negative impact on the dining experience. for example, our second round of cocktails made it to our table about the time we finished eating our mains. even if its early, and not busy, its a bad idea reduce the service."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the Ceviche Cones, Beef Carpaccio and Smoked Risotto with Seared Scallops. Service was attentive, but unobtrusive. The wine list could have had a few more moderately priced offerings."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We went there for lunch and they had a prix fixe that was really tasty. The watermelon/avocado/tomato cold soup was fantastic, and the prime rib burger, as usual, was very good too. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Unique, quality food that changes with the seasons."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were greeted, seated and served promptly. Server was nice. The cocktails and appetizers were quite good (although it would've been nice if both the apps had showed up at the same time). We were however, severely underwhelmed by the mains. The porchetta was tasty, but too much of the same flavor. The octopus salad w/ chorizo and roasted red peppers didn't appear to have any chorizo, but maybe they ran out and substituted with more roasted red peppers because there were definitely too many of those. Overall, we'd give it another shot based on the good components, but we'd be hesitant to recommend this place and we're not in a rush to return. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The menu is very interesting, I had the ceviche, the risotto and cheesecake, everything was fresh and tastefull!!! I'll definitely go back there."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Marben was a fun experience -the decor is great , washrooms outstanding , staff friendly and attentive without being in your face , food was delicious -!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "For a late meal we went to this a little out of the way restaurant for a delicious spanish meal. Food was different and good and service was efficient and caring. It is preferable to go in groups maybe because most tables around us were groups and it can be a little noisy if you are only two trying to discuss."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Surprisingly, one of the best burgers I have had. It literally melted in your mouth."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food, and service was excellent! Went with three friends, and we all had different meals, and everyone raved about theirs."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We were very pelased with the food, the knowledge of their products by the staff on both food and wine, the atmosphere, etc. The only thing to point out that could be useful for other visitors is that it's a little loud at least on the booths that are against the wall. We were very satisfied with all the flavours on the food. The Foie Gras needed bit more salt but it was a very original composition in representation of a Tiramisu."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Based on reviews and recommendations from friends we tried Marben twice for dinner. With the exception of the Johny burger the food was average at best and the servings were small. Will not recommend to others or return."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "A group of 4 of us, myself plus 3 of my colleagues, went on a Thursday evening. Great service, location and food! I think the burger speaks for itself...amazing! We also ordered the potato braves and the charcuterie board which was also delicious. Love this spot!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This place used to be awesome. I would dream about their gnocchi and John's burger. I'm not sure what happened but this restaurant has experienced a STEEP decline. The burger is still good but the pasta was rubbery, the food presentation was lacking. The served some ceviche cones in some uncooked beans, ugly and not edible, why?! Where the service used to be excellent - warm and attentive - the service is now SO slow & cold. It took us 2 and a half hour to receive 4 plates (for 2 people) and there was absolutely no communication for at least an hour despite us trying to get our server's attention. They did comp us some free drinks for the wait but it's definitely not enough to make us go back. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Short on pretence but oh so long on the delivery of a great and thoughtfully curated menu."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is my second time at Marben and I can't say enough hood things about it. The beef and burger as delicious as is the charcuterie. The service is generally attentive without being pushy. They have a lovely unique wine and cocktail menu. My partner and I had two of the best VQA wines we can remember. They spent time on that wine list. The ambiance of this place is what ties everything together. The decor combined with the rustic charm of the converted space sets this place apart. It almost reminds me inside of a mini Drake Hotel without being overdone. A great dining experience I recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Love the Burger. Everything was wonderful. My parents came to town and I wanted to take them somewhere in the neighborhood. They loved this place. Great wine. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I loved the Moroccan fish dish - not a big fish fan but it was superb!!! The food was not as rich as some places, which was a HUGE plus. Wonderful food!!!!! The music sucked and since my husband and I are very into music, that took away from our dining experience - NO MORE 70's, been there, done that...."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Marben is a hiden gem and not very noticeable from the street although I was told they are updating the patio and building front. +nce inside the restraunt we where pleasently surprized to the decor and layout of this place and particularily the 4 seats located at the open kitchen window for viewing the cooks preparing the food. The wines list is extensive but a bit pricey although good choices. The menu choices are plenty to find something for all tastes and the service was excellent.You can't go wrong with this place and it is walking distance from The Thompson Hotel which is where we stayed which is also a good location and nice neighborhood in development. Try Marben you will love it ! PS: The music is great 70Ks and 80's and gr8 !"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The 'famous' burger was only okay. It was quite greasy and overall not great. The fries were good but they were the best thing on the plate."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went here for dinner with a few girlfriends on a Friday night. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and was full of diners. The wine and service were good. The charcuterie board we ordered as an appetizer was quite nice. Two of the four of us were really pleased with our mains. I ordered the risotto and was unexpectedly disappointed. The flavours did not mesh well. Overall I would give the experience a 3/5."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Group of four for a Bday. 14$ for a bar-rail (double) .... sure. Sea&Earth appetizer tasted like it was VINEGAR mash, couldn't eat more than a quarter of it. BURGER heard great things, glorified slider to be honest. Soak anything in that much butter and people seem to love it. Meat&Jam platter, was delicious. Was a special option for the night - very well balanced and varied flavours. Scallop&Risotto, full plate of smokey risotto but only 5 scallops, confused portions. Limited menu, really nice atomsphere and waitress was great&friendly. Still had a happy party, even a birthday plate surprise (Thank You!)"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "If you have the chance, please sit at ghe chef's table. It's a bar with 4 seats that open into the kitchen which allows you to see "behind the scene" and talk to the chef while he's preparing meals for other customers. Plus he'll throw in a few freebies for you to try! And also, I had a baby and the stroller fits perfectly next to me. I have to add that my baby was very impressed with all the action in the kitchen. At some point, flames were coming up for a flambé and she shrieked of excitement!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Read somewhere that they have the one of the city's best burgers. Was not disappointed."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "While the classic burger remains solid, other dishes, such as the smoked eel salad are mediocre. At a table of three diners, the consensus was the food is not keeping up with the competition in the neighbourhood."
    Dined on 3/22/2014